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Superman Subscription: My First Issue

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by Armand Vaquer There are some things in one's life experiences that stick to one even after 56 years have passed. Back in the 1960s, DC Comics (known then as National Periodical Publications) offered subscriptions to their comics. If I remember correctly, a year's subscription (10 issues) to their comics was $1.00. At that time, comic books cost 12 cents on the newsstand with 80-page giants costing 25 cents (they were called annuals before). The 80-page giants weren't included in subscriptions. I subscribed to  Superman  back in late 1965 and the first issue of my subscription was  Superman  no. 182 (January 1966 cover date). Someone posted the cover of the issue in a Curt Swan Facebook fan page. The cover was penciled by Swan and inked by Sheldon Moldoff. It appears Superman's face was re-done by Al Plastino (for whatever reason).  This particular comic book is now considered a "key issue" as it was the first Silver Age appearance of The Toyman (Winslow Per

Book: Curt Swan: A Life In Comics

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by Armand Vaquer Ever go to your bookcase to get a specific book to read and it's nowhere to be found? This happened to me about a week ago when I went to get my copy of Curt Swan: A Life In Comics (2002, by Eddy Zeno) to read. It was nowhere to be found. I hadn't read the book since I lived in California, so I didn't notice it was missing. Now I have.  It may still be around somewhere, but since I wasn't sure, I decided to order another copy through Alibris (I already have an account with them). I ordered it last week and it arrived in the mail yesterday. The price was reasonable enough: $24.73 (hardcover). I think my original copy was the trade paperback. Above, yours truly enjoying the book yesterday. I started reading it as soon as I got home from the post office and the time passed quickly (about 2 hours) and, before I knew it, it was time to start dinner. Even if my original copy turns up, I have no regrets ordering another copy. It is an excellent book with lot